In occupied Crimea, 20-year-old Crimean Tatar Appaz Kurtamet, a resident of Novooleksiiivka village, Heniche district, Kherson region, was kidnapped. His fate has been unknown for 22 days.
This was reported by Telegram head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, reports Ukrinform.
“It’s been 22 days since there has been no news about Apaz Kurtamet, a citizen of Ukraine, a resident of the village of Novooleksiiivka, Heniche district, Kherson region, born in 2002, a Crimean Tatar,” wrote Chubarov.
On July 23, 2022, Appaz Kurtamet left the village of Novooleksiiivka for Crimea to visit his relatives. It is known that he arrived at the checkpoint, which continues to operate on the Crimean side of the administrative line between occupied Crimea and the Kherson region. Here, his contact with his relatives was interrupted, Chubarov reports.
The next day, on July 24, Kurtamet’s mother received a phone call from an unknown person and informed her (allegedly at Appaz’s request) that his son had been detained during document control at the Chongar checkpoint.
Numerous attempts by the mother to find out the further whereabouts of her son did not lead to anything. At the same time, the available information is extremely contradictory. Thus, various unofficial channels report that Appaz is being held in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center, but the administration of the pre-trial detention center explains that they do not have the requested person. He denies his involvement in the disappearance of Kurtamet and the occupying “administration of the FSB of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.”
“We have every reason to state that a citizen of Ukraine, twenty-year-old Appaz Kurtamet, was detained on July 23, 2022 at the Chongar checkpoint and has been illegally detained by the FSB of the Russian Federation since July 24, 2022. At the same time, the criminal concealment of Apaz Kurtamet’s location by FSB agents from his mother and other relatives for 22 days indicates an unprecedented pressure on a young man with a purpose known only to the Russian special services,” Chubarov noted.
He said that he made public the information about the missing young man after his relatives submitted a wanted report to the occupying Crimean police. Chubarov noted that in the conditions of the occupation of Crimea, and now the seizure of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions by the Russian military, only publicity about the crimes committed against the individual is the only way to protect the lives of people who were under the power of the Russian occupiers.
Chubarov too publishes photo by Appaz Kurtamet.
As reported by Ukrinform, Russian aggressors are blocking green corridors, evacuation, and kidnapping residents of the region in the Kherson region.